Until this year, Bob Marshall had never considered working in food service.
Now he does it every day.
Marshall and his family opened Marsh Tacky's Market at 2137 Sea Island Parkway on Harbor Island a few weeks ago, and he's been serving up breakfast, sandwiches and frozen yogurt since.
"Out here, you've absolutely got to have something like this," he said of the cafe and convenience store on the remote island. "If you've been out here, you know you have to plan your trips into town."
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The store is in the former home of The Big Cheezy Pizza and General Store, which closed last winter. The strip of businesses on Sea Island Parkway -- which includes a produce and seafood stand, a tourist shop and Johnson's Creek Tavern -- are the only shopping opportunities for miles for those visiting Hunting Island who don't have access to Fripp Island.
In addition to food, Marshall's store has free WiFi.
He previously worked for the National Wild Turkey Federation. His thorough knowledge of the East Coast -- which he gained from his travels for the federation -- has helped him connect with many of his customers, who hail from many of the communities he visited.
Store hours vary, somewhere between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., he said.
His children -- Wiley, 22; Foster, 20; and Elisa, 16 -- and some of their friends are helping out.
Marshall's wife, Erika, named the store after recently seeing some marsh tackies, descendants of horses brought by early Spanish settlers to the Lowcountry.
The symbolism is important for those who have weathered the recession, Erika Marshall said.
"In this past economy, we've had to reinvent ourselves, just like these horses had to when the Spanish left," she said. "Their scrappiness and adaptability helped them survive."
With that in mind, the business is focusing on buying local produce, chicken, fish, eggs, honey, and other items from the Lowcountry and around the state for its menu and shop.
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Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
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